- Tapa blanda: 242 páginas
- Editor: Thomas Nelson (24 de marzo de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0718022076
- ISBN-13: 978-0718022075
- Valoración media de los clientes: 1 opinión de cliente
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº93.335 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 24 mar 2015
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Jeff Goins, a brilliant new voice counting Seth Godin and Jon Acuff among his fans, explains how to abandon the status quo and live a life that matters with true passion and purpose.
The path to your life's work is difficult and risky, even scary, which is why few finish the journey. This is a book about discovering your life's work, that treasure of immeasurable worth we all long for. It's about the task you were born to do.
As Jeff Goins explains, the search begins with passion but does not end there. Only when our interests connect with the needs of the world do we begin living for a larger purpose. Those who experience this intersection experience something exceptional and enviable. Though it is rare, such a life is attainable by anyone brave enough to try.
Through personal experience, compelling case studies, and current research on the mysteries of motivation and talent, Jeff shows readers how to find their vocation and what to expect along the way.
Biografía del autor
Jeff Goins is the author of The In-Between, Wrecked, and two successful ebooks: You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) and The Writer's Manifesto. A professional blogger and public speaker, he also podcasts and hosts a well-attended online course, TribeWriters. His work has been featured at Copyblogger, Problogger, Write to Done, Relevant, and MichaelHyatt.com, among other outlets. He lives with his family outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
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As an ardent bibliophile, as many of you likely are, this caught my attention. Being the jaded soul that I am I figured that he would jack up the shipping and handling to cover the production costs of his book. So I ambled on over to Amazon and saw that it looked to be a legitimate book and that it wouldn't be released for another month. I figured that I could part with the $6.95 without any true sacrifice and went ahead and ordered it. I thought that was that, and I would see it in the mail in a month or so. Boy was I ever wrong!
So here it is 33 days later and I must say that I completely misjudged Jeff. I had my blinders on and would have missed some real personal growth had Jeff not knocked them off my face. So what changed my mind, you ask? Well the first thing was that I received an email from Jeff the same day that I ordered the book with a link to a full version of the book in PDF format. So I wouldn't have to wait a month after all to start reading it. That was nice.
I also received a link to a writing challenge called My 500 Words. Jeff challenges you to write at least 500 words a day for 31 days, and he emails you a prompt each morning to get you going. These aren't namby-pamby prompts, but ones that make you think and push you out of your comfort zone every day. As a scientist I write and review reports every day, but these are technical reports. Would I be able to keep up with 500 words a day on topics more concerned with the human element than chemical elements? Only one way to find out - start writing. Well I finished the challenge two days ago and my total word count was over 41,000 in thirty-two separate entries. As it turns out I guess I do have a lot to say. If you haven't tried the challenge do yourself a favor and start it today. If you are not careful the last day of the challenge may be the first day of your new writing career. I now own four of Jeff's books and my mind is opened even further each time I read some of his work.
Jeff is a real inspiration as well are those he featured in The Art of Work. I have read the PDF version and have been inspired in so many ways by all of those who Jeff writes about. I think that we have all experienced each some of the trials that many of these people have gone through in the seven stages of discovery. For me the book really did a great job of identifying those stages, and then making them relevant to me through real world experiences of everyday people like myself.
Jeff managed to somehow break through that armor I keep around me, and to get me thinking and feeling outside of the box. He managed to do this with a series of e-mails that truly challenged me to be a better person. I have never met Jeff, but I am really glad that I tripped into his website that day over a month ago. Get this book and begin a new journey towards your true lot in life.
Believe me when I say it had plenty to offer.
Not only did this book rip to shred some erroneous notions that were long standing in my life, it presented what I believe is a better view of life, work, purpose and most important of all legacy.
Sometimes I fall for the mistaken notion that doing is more important than becoming. After reading The Art of Work I've been reminded that who I am becoming, through both the good times and bad, is what matters most. It is also what people will remember.
The same is true of you as this book clearly brings to light.
I believe that the takeaway from The Art of Work will be unique to each individual who reads it. At first, I thought it might be for people in their 20's and 30's but, as I read along further, I realized that since it was speaking to me that was not the case.
Here is the table of contents for those who might be interested:
Introduction: The Cancer That Couldn't Stop the Triathlete
Part One: Preparation
1. Listen to Your Life: The Call to Something Old Not New
2. Accidental Apprenticeships: The Teacher Appears When The Student Least Expects
3. Painful Practice: When Trying Isn’t Good Enough
Part Two: Action
4. Building Bridges: The Leap That Wasn’t a Leap
5. Pivot Points: Why Failure Is Your Friend
6. The Portfolio Life: A New Kind of Mastery
Part Three: Completion
7. Your Magnum Opus: What Legacy Looks Like
Conclusion: The Work is Never Done
Appendix: Your First Steps Down the Path
I found each one of the stories used in this book to be touching and inspiring. They were all well told by the author. And, what I liked is that they didn't detract from the central message of the book. They weren't fillers but instead used to help with making essential points which I appreciated.
My favorite chapters, during my first reading of the book (and there will be more) include: Pivot Points, The Portfolio Life, Your Magnum Opus, and the conclusion.
I think I related most to the final story of the book. A successful man, in the eyes of the world, upon retiring discovers yet another purpose. When asked what his most meaningful work was it was not that which brought him the most money but rather that which brought him the most fulfillment and had the greatest impact on other lives.
I want to be like that man.
This is the second time that I've read one of Goins' books on the brink of what felt like "retirement." Darn that guy. He keeps derailing my plans to chill out and become a beach bum for the next twenty plus years.
Secretly (or not since I've now shared it with the world) I am thankful for the ways this young writer, who continually matures with each book that he writes, challenges me to view life a little differently and re-access things.
His book Wrecked really turned my life upside down. I've never recovered to be honest. The Art of Work has caused a great stirring as well.
It has helped me to reframe much of my life, up until this point, in ways I had not before considered. It has also pretty much caused me to ditch the "live like a hermit" retirement plans. Although uncertain what the next pivot point will be, I now know what to look for and am continuing to build my portfolio in the meantime.
If you hate your job, feel unfilled in life, wonder what your purpose is or if you even have one, this book will be a great help to you. And if, like me, you have wondered if your greatest days are behind you it also will help answer that question as well.
Just be prepared to do some work if you want to discover your "calling" or "purpose" because anything of value requires a little elbow grease!
I procrastinated for ages because I rarely have a spare moment with young kids and running my business, so sitting down and reading a book on paper never happens.
I saw the ebook with Audible upgrade and decided to then buy the audio version because recently I heard another respected person recomment Goins.
In less than a week I listened to the entire book and was really impressed. Its well written in easy to digest segments and showcases how he clearly wrote parts on a daily basis. I founs myself thinking about the material after getting to my destination (usually listening during my commute).
I shared a handful of quotes #jeffgoins and #theartofwork and definitely had moments of reflection on my calling and what it means (or takes) to pursue it in new ways.
So yes, it exceeded my expectations and highly recommend.